The NSW RFS administers funds for works and projects that increase the resilience of NSW communities to bush fires.
Funding is allocated in accordance with BFCC Policy 1/2011 – Allocation Principles for Funding of Bush Fire Mitigation Works.
There are a number of different streams from which grant funding can be allocated. This includes both the NSW RFS programmes as well as State and Commonwealth initiatives.
The following grants are directly administered by the NSW RFS:
The Natural Disaster Resilience Programme (NDRP) is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and NSW Government. Funding streams available under NDRP includes the:
- Bush Fire Grants Scheme
- Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme
More information on NDRP can be found on the Office of Emergency Management website.
Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme
The purpose of the Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme is to enhance the recruitment, retention and training of emergency service volunteers. Applications for 2019 closed on the 16 July 2019. NSW RFS Brigade applications submitted under the Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme have now been assessed and determined by the Office of Emergency Management. The outcomes were announced in November 2019. Advice on successful and unsuccessful applications have been circulated to NSW RFS Brigades via the NSW RFS District Offices.
For further information on the Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme, please see the Office of Emergency Management website.
Bush Fire Risk Mitigation and Resilience Programme
This funding programme assists public land managers / owners to undertake bush fire mitigation works, to provide access for fire fighting, and deliver projects that increase the resilience of NSW communities to bush fire. The funding is available to supplement resources of public land managers / owners and enable additional works to be implemented.
Local Councils, State Government Agencies and Forestry Corporation of NSW are all eligible to apply for grants under this programme. Applications must be made via the NSW RFS Grant Funding Portal https://funding.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
Brigade Mitigation Support Programme
This funding programme supports NSW RFS Brigades in carrying out hazard reduction burning activities across the State. Applications for funding through this programme are prepared by the NSW RFS District Office, and are submitted by a NSW RFS Manager (or above) via the NSW RFS Grant Funding Portal https://funding.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
The Application Guide provides an overview of the Brigade Mitigation Support Programme along with information that will assist with the preparation and submission of applications.
Applications for funding under Round 1 of the 2020/21 Bush Fire Risk Mitigation and Resilience Programme and Brigade Mitigation Support Programme will close on the 1 June 2020.
Submitted applications will be forwarded to the relevant Bush Fire Management Committee (BFMC) for review, comment and prioritisation. A list of applications will be sent via email to BFMC Executive Officers by 8 June 2020. The outcome of the BFMC review is due to be returned by 29 June 2020. Funding proposals received through Round 1 will be assessed and determined once a response from the BFMC has been received.
Round 2 of the 2020/21 Bush Fire Risk Mitigation and Resilience Programme and Brigade Mitigation Support Programme is planned for November/December 2020 with the closing date to be announced.
Remember that funding applications for urgent hazard reduction burning can be submitted by NSW RFS and public land managers / owners at any time. For these types of applications, please contact NSW RFS Coordinated Risk Management – Operational Business to request a priority assessment (see contact details below).
For more information on applying for grants funding please see the Application Guide. You can contact NSW RFS Coordinated Risk Management – Operational Business via email Bushfiregrantprogrammes@rfs.nsw.gov.au or phone on 02 8741 5493.